Monthly Archives: April 2019

Jury Awards $25 Million in Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit

A California jury recently handed down a substantial award to a husband and wife who claim the man’s employer is responsible for his mesothelioma diagnosis developed while working at several of the defendant’s oil refineries over a two-decade period. The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit named Fluor Enterprises Inc., Middle East Fluor, the National Iranian Oil Company, and several other companies as defendants, claiming that the groups exposed the victim to carcinogens by using asbestos-laden products despite knowing of the risks to workers.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiff developed an especially rare form of testicular mesothelioma as a result of working with asbestos contaminated parts as part of his routine job duties on oil rigs. The plaintiffs claimed the defendants violated their own internal standards for safety in the process of completing those projects, cutting many corners and putting the victim and other workers at risk of asbestos exposure.

The Los Angeles jury ultimately sided with the plaintiffs, handing down a total of $25 million in compensatory damages to the couple. Of that award, $14 million was awarded to the husband for his past and future pain and suffering while the remaining $11 million went to the wife for her damages as a result of her spouse’s mesothelioma diagnosis. In apportioning liability to the defendants, the jury determined the Iranian National Oil Company to be 20% at fault and prescribed the remainder of the blame to the Flour companies.

The case was interesting for several reasons, the least of which was that some of the defendants were foreign companies being sued in U.S. courts for asbestos exposure which occurred overseas. When hearing these types of claims, California, as many other states do, applies the applicable law of the state or country where the injury occurred. In this case, the court had to grapple with Iranian civil law interpretation of negligence and liability, among other concerns.

Asbestos was once commonly used in the oil and natural gas industry because of the mineral’s heat resistant properties and ability to be molded into a variety of shapes to fit various applications. While the asbestos-containing parts might have worked well for their application, when the products did break down, they put unsuspecting workers at risk of exposure to a deadly carcinogen directly linked to developing a rare and deadly form of cancer.

Mesothelioma typically affects the thin lining of tissue surrounding the lungs, abdomen, and heart but can be known to affect other parts of the body as it did in this particular case. There is currently no known cure for the disease and patients are often left with diminished treatment options when a diagnosis is made.

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 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.

 

 

Georgia Family Files Asbestos Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson After Losing Mother to Mesothelioma

A grieving Georgia family recently filed an asbestos talcum powder cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after losing their mother to a battle with mesothelioma in 2017 that they claim was caused by the pharmaceutical and cosmetics giant’s negligence. The family’s lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its supplier, Imerys Talc USA, comes just shortly after a report by Reuters detailed a review of thousands of internal company documents showing that the defendants knew for decades about asbestos contamination in its talcum powder products.

According to the talcum powder mesothelioma lawsuit, the victim used talc-based products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and supplied by Imerys Talc USA that were contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers. Despite knowing full well about the presence of asbestos in its talcum powder products and the risks it could pose to consumers, the defendants declined to provide the public with any warnings on the product labels, according to the lawsuit.

The mesothelioma cancer lawsuit is another in an increasingly long list of claims filed against the company by defendants, mostly women, who developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma as a result of using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. Currently, there are an estimated 12,000 other talcum powder cancer lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson pending in state and federal courts, with several slated for trial in 2019.

Johnson & Johnson has thus far refused to settle any of the lawsuits against it and instead has opted to take the claims in front of juries. A recent report by Reuters claims that the company had testing done, both internally and by outside labs, that showed asbestos contamination in its talc supply. Despite the revelations, Johnson & Johnson continues to maintain that its talc-based products are safe for human consumption and remains steadfast in its denying liability in pending lawsuits.

Both talc and asbestos are naturally occuring minerals, often found in deposits side by side one another. Because of this phenomenon, talc sourcing companies must take great care when mining the talc or otherwise risk asbestos contamination in the supply. Asbestos itself was once commonly used in a variety of industrial and commercial products for its heat resistant properties and ability to be molded into a variety of shapes.

An asbestos talcum powder cancer lawsuit can recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering of living with mesothelioma. In cases in which the victim may have passed away, the law generally gives family members the right to continue the claim on behalf of the deceased and recover damages from negligent partites.

Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyer

 If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help pay for your medical treatment.